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John DeMont

John DeMont has been a columnist and Calgary correspondent for The Financial Post, a senior writer, Ottawa correspondent and Atlantic Provinces bureau chief for Maclean's Magazine and a senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle Herald. He has written six books including, most recently, A Good Day's Work, In Pursuit of a Disappearing Canada for Doubleday Canada. His books and articles have won many regional and national awards.

JOHN DeMONT: Jan. 23 will be a cold Monday of the heart

JOHN DeMONT: Jan. 23 will be a cold Monday of the heart

The one-year anniversary of the Chronicle Herald strike will shake my notion that we are all predisposed to be excited about the future. So when that Monday comes, I'm counting on Thursday to save me.
JOHN DEMONT: Sometimes you just need a new perspective

JOHN DEMONT: Sometimes you just need a new perspective

I’m a creature of habit. For nearly a quarter of a century, when I looked out my window I saw a brick hulk of a building. It was a comforting sight.
JOHN DEMONT: First step to solving a problem: understand the problem

JOHN DEMONT: First step to solving a problem: understand the problem

And the first step in understanding Nova Scotia's economic problems could be taking another look at the Ivany report
JOHN DEMONT: This is the year for real resolutions

JOHN DEMONT: This is the year for real resolutions

I'm going to make up for my lack of past New Year's resolutions and when I arise tomorrow be prepared to barely recognize the man who stands before you.
JOHN DeMONT: Thanks 2016, it was good to know you

JOHN DeMONT: Thanks 2016, it was good to know you

2016, generally speaking, blew. But my experience is that, looking back, we mostly remember the good stuff about the past. So, here’s what I imagine sticking with me from the past 12 months.
JOHN DeMONT: Let's not become a province of party-poopers and sticklers

JOHN DeMONT: Let's not become a province of party-poopers and sticklers

If we don’t watch out, along with our reputation for being laid-back, friendly folks, we could become known for pinched-mouth prudery, a quality unlikely to be mentioned anywhere in Tourism Nova Scotia’s Doers & Dreamers guide.
JOHN DEMONT: Hurry up and end 2016 because the rats are coming

JOHN DEMONT: Hurry up and end 2016 because the rats are coming

As I write these words the long, powerful arm of a hydraulic excavator hovers briefly in the ash-grey sky, over the school next door. When it drops, it claws away a chunk of building, taking 93 years of memories with it.
JOHN DeMONT: Of schools, 'pizzagate' and stuff that lasts

JOHN DeMONT: Of schools, 'pizzagate' and stuff that lasts

We are in an age of the fictional and the phony, says LocalXpress columnist
JOHN DeMONT: Pining for the party of Sir John A. Macdonald

JOHN DeMONT: Pining for the party of Sir John A. Macdonald

Tom McMillan, the author of Not My Party: The Rise and Fall of Canadian Tories, from Robert Stanfield to Stephen Harper, is hoping the Conservative party can return to its noble roots.
JOHN DeMONT: You don't have to be Catholic to miss Canadian Martyrs Church

JOHN DeMONT: You don't have to be Catholic to miss Canadian Martyrs Church

The announced closure of the iconic Inglis Street church has sparked memories of former priests, sermons and a recreation director who influenced many